Chevy Silverado

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# What is a foot pound?

###### Wiki User

###### May 05, 2007 1:40AM

a foot pound is a measure of torque, or turning power. Imagine a wrench that is positioned on a nut, the handle of which is exactly one foot long from the center of the nut and is also perfectly horizontal. Now put one pound of downforce on the end of the wrench handle. You now have one foot-pound of torque on the nut. This unit of measurement is how torque is calculated in an automobile.

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### What is the English unit equivalent of Newton meters?

The Imperial unit was the foot-pound force, commonly shortened
to foot-pound. This was the torque generated by applying one
pound-force at a distance of one foot.
The foot-pound was also commonly used as a measure of energy,
and the pound-force (commonly just 'pound') was a measure weight,
distinct from pound as a unit of mass. The potential for confusion
is obvious.

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### What is the conversion factor of inchpounds to footpounds?

One inch-pound is the amount of torque produced by a force of
one pound placed one inch away from the fulcrum, where the
measurement is taken. One foot-pound is the amount of torque
produced by one pound of force placed one foot away from the
fulcrum. Since there are 12 inches in a foot, one foot-pound equals
twelve inch-pounds. Remember, 12 inch-pounds can equal twelve
pounds one inch from the fulcrum or one pound twelve inches (one
foot) from the fulcrum.